This documentary by Theo Kamecke from 1970 gives an indepth and profound look at the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. NASA footage is interspersed with reactions to the mission around the world as the film captures the intensity as well of the philosophical significance of the event. Won special award at Cannes.Written by
Performed by Edward Brewer
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Finest cinematic production chronicling the Lunar Landing
Throughout history there have been several defining moments that have earmarked mankind's development. The advent of flight, the creation of the atomic bomb, and the successful launch of sputnik are just a few moments in time that have usurred mankind forward along a progressive curve of evolution. Quite possibly one of the most important events that dots man's historic timeline would have to be the first manned flight to reach the lunar surface.
As this moment single handedly marked a turning point in the way we looked at ourselves as existing on a lonely rock in an infinitely immense universe we began to realize just how fragile we truly are. At the same time we gained a very different perception of the way we look at the night's companion, the moon.
The earth literally stood still and close to 500 million people glued themselves to their television sets to watch an unprecedented and never before seen glimpse of the surface of the moon. People sat around their TV's and watched as the first man to ever step foot on another object in space cemented in time, not only a memorable phrase synonymous with the event, but at the same time gave people young and old something to dream about.
This historical document not only chronicles the process of construction of the vehicle used by the astronauts up too pre-launch, but it also follows both man and machine on their perilous upward decent to that "big ball of cheese" that hangs above us at night. Lighting the way, for travelers like Ferdinand Magellan and Christopher Columbus as they made treacherous and perilous voyages into the dangerous reaches of the unknown, the moon has always been there to guide us along our nights travels.
Spectacularly edited and well written, this is by far one of the finest cinematic productions that NASA, or anyone for that matter, has produced on the topic of the first lunar landing. It is a testament to the bravery of those fine gentlemen that undertook that historic mission and just the same it gives well deserved credit to all those that made the mission possible.
It is an emotionally inspiring piece that makes one proud to not only be an American but instills a deep sense of pride to be a part of this wonderfully fragile and beautiful place that we call Earth. Having gone the distance and returned safely, maybe now we can look up and have a better appreciation for that light that fills the night's sky.
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